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More on New Security Policy at Wilson

We told you earlier about students from Woodrow Wilson High School who took their concerns over Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new security policies online, organizing a Facebook page to rally student support for an alternate plan. The students from the Northwest school object to Rhee's recently announced plan to have them eat lunch in their classrooms. The chancellor made the change in response to episodes of violence at the school.

The students haven't met with Rhee yet but are slated to see her tomorrow, 17-year-old WIlson senior Alison Grubbs told D.C. Wire. Grubbs said it was actually fellow senior Lena Solow who started to mobilize students and created the Facebook group "Writing an email to Michelle Rhee AGAIN." Grubbs said she was working closely with Solow and two other students to draft a student plan for safety and security at the high school that would replace Rhee's plan.

"The student body fully supports Rhee's efforts to make Wilson safer," Grubbs told D.C. Wire. "During our meeting with Rhee, we hope to articulate our concerns with the present lunch time policy and offer a plan that is more inclusive of the views of the community."

Rhee spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said the chancellor "is eager to get a first-hand account of what has recently taken place and is looking forward to getting their thoughts on how they feel she can effectuate positive changes in the school's environment, particularly around safety and security."

Theola Labbé

By Theola Labbé-DeBose  |  March 27, 2008; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Education , Theola Labbé-DeBose  
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These students are amazing. Its their education, they should be involved in the decision making process in central ways, rather than being ignored and disempowered. Keep up the awesome work.

jasper conner
dc-students for a democratic society
www.dc-sds.org

Posted by: gconner1 | April 1, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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